Nant Gwrtheyrn in Llithfaen, Wales

Nant Gwrtheyrn is nestled within a gorgeous Welsh valley framed by steep hills and the Irish Sea. Though the small, isolated settlement is now home to the National Welsh Language and Heritage Centre, it has had a few curious previous lives.

In 1861, a granite quarry opened in the remote valley. It supplied granite setts that were used to make the cobblestone roads that stretched across the United Kingdom. Workers lived in a cluster of cottages, which formed a village called Port y Nant.

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